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 for pier
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pier \Pier\, n. [OE. pere, OF. piere a stone, F. pierre, fr. L.
     petra, Gr. ?. Cf. Petrify.]
     1. (Arch.)
        (a) Any detached mass of masonry, whether insulated or
            supporting one side of an arch or lintel, as of a
            bridge; the piece of wall between two openings.
        (b) Any additional or auxiliary mass of masonry used to
            stiffen a wall. See Buttress.
            [1913 Webster]
     2. A projecting wharf or landing place.
        [1913 Webster]
     Abutment pier, the pier of a bridge next the shore; a pier
        which by its strength and stability resists the thrust of
        an arch.
     Pier glass, a mirror, of high and narrow shape, to be put
        up between windows.
     Pier table, a table made to stand between windows.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a platform built out from the shore into the water and
           supported by piles; provides access to ships and boats
           [syn: pier, wharf, wharfage, dock]
      2: (architecture) a vertical supporting structure (as a portion
         of wall between two doors or windows)
      3: a support for two adjacent bridge spans

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  92 Moby Thesaurus words for "pier":
     abutment, anchorage, anchorage ground, arc-boutant, arcade, atlas,
     baluster, balustrade, banister, bank, base, basin, beam, berth,
     breakwater, bulkhead, bulwark, buttress, buttress pier,
     buttressing, caryatid, colonnade, colonnette, column, dado, die,
     dock, dockage, dockyard, dry dock, embankment, flying buttress,
     footstalk, groin, hanging buttress, harbor, harborage, haven, jack,
     jetty, jutty, landing, landing place, landing stage, levee, marina,
     mole, moorings, newel-post, pedestal, pedicel, peduncle, peristyle,
     pier buttress, pilaster, pile, piling, pillar, plinth, pole, port,
     portico, post, protected anchorage, quay, queen-post, rampart,
     retaining wall, road, roads, roadstead, seaport, seawall, shaft,
     shipyard, shoulder, slip, socle, staff, stalk, stanchion, stand,
     standard, stem, subbase, support, surbase, telamon, trunk, upright,
     wharf, wharfage

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